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Heidelberg Postpress Equipment Fuels Exponential Growth At Pennsylvania Printer

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga., May 10, 2005 – Print media industry leader Heidelberg recently installed a Stahl B30 buckle plate folder, a Stitchmaster ST 270 saddlestitcher and its new POLAR ED 137 cutting system with jogger and transomat stacker at Payne Printery Inc., based in Dallas, Pa. Offering customers more options, the new bindery equipment has expanded the shop’s client base and increased productivity significantly. “The past three years have ushered in exponential growth at Payne Printery,” said Chief Operating Officer and Owner Brett Gauntlett. “There is no doubt that the quality of Heidelberg equipment, combined with our people, has caused this surge. Heidelberg machines allow us to compete for big-ticket jobs, all the while providing a superior product for our customers. Customers expect quality, and if you can’t provide it, you lose.” Printing a variety of projects such as direct mail pieces, brochures, and annual reports, Gauntlett chose to upgrade his shop’s offerings in an effort to reach more markets and expand its reach to larger, more national markets. The new postpress equipment adds to an already-extensive Heidelberg portfolio, including a six-color Speedmaster CD 74 with coater, a four-color Quickmaster DI-46-4 with direct imaging and a six-color Speedmaster CD 102 with coater. When combined with the recent installation of postpress equipment, the shop has increased productivity by nearly 35 percent in the past three years. Heidelberg’s B30 folder has many built-in features that differentiate it from other folders, including the most advanced sheet-flow technology that can fold at speeds exceeding 9,000 inches per minute and as such increases production capacity significantly. All Stahlfolders are designed to help eliminate some of the most strenuous work that takes place in every bindery department. Some of the B30’s ergonomically engineered features include the Zero Makeready Buckle Plates, extended loading table and a low feed-height of 36 inches making it easy to continuously load and feed stock. Heidelberg’s Stitchmaster ST 270, an ergonomically designed saddlestitcher, is manufactured to run a highly diverse range of products and substrates. Speed can range as high as 11,500 cycles per hour, and the ST 270 features a cascade system that guarantees a complete book from start to stop, maximizing production and minimizing waste. Heidelberg takes pride in designing and providing equipment to customers that can be easily prepared and made ready to insure that the postpress production deadline demands are achieved. “The B30 system and Stitchmaster ST 270 provide high output and versatility, making them perfect for a mid-size shop that is experiencing growth,” said Steven Calov, Heidelberg product manager, stitching and perfect binding. “With the new postpress equipment, Payne Printery can continue expanding its capabilities, allowing the shop to service existing customers more efficiently and to bring in new customers, meeting its business goal of increasing the bottom line.” Complementing the shop’s new folding and stitching equipment is Heidelberg’s POLAR ED 137 cutter with automated jogger and transomat stacking system. Setting new standards in the medium and large-size formats, the POLAR ED model offers shorter production times, high-precision positioning and easy operation. “Heidelberg is the Rolls Royce of the printing industry,” said Gauntlett. “There is nothing better than to be able to say, ‘We’re a Heidelberg shop.’ That statement carries a lot of weight for potential customers. Having Heidelberg’s equipment undoubtedly helps us sell our shop to larger cities and bring new clients in the door.” Payne Printery is a mid-sized, family-owned, general commercial printer that specializes in producing materials for the financial, health care, and collegiate markets, including catalogs, pocket folders, brochures and other direct mail pieces. An all-Heidelberg shop for more than 70 years, Gauntlett is the fourth generation owner of his family’s business.